By the early 1980s, the township had a population of 1,000. Designated as an industrial development zone, it quickly developed as a hosiery industry centre, becoming known as Sock City. The town now produce 8 billion pairs of socks each year, a third of the world's sock production, effectively creating two pairs of socks for every person on the planet for the year 2011. As a result, the population has boomed to 60,000, with over 100,000 employed in the area in the industry via other local towns and villages.
- "Largest Sock Production Town in China". cri.cn. 2008-05-25. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
- "Sock City's decline may reveal an unravelling in China's economy". The Guardian. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
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